Certificate of personal effectiveness cope

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) is a Level 2 qualification in skills development. It enables students to practise, develop and demonstrate six important skills that are required for success in further/higher education, training or employment: working with others, problem solving, discussion, research, oral presentation and improving own learning. 

Students build a portfolio of evidence to show how they have practised and developed the six skills while completing a selection of activities from the CoPE student book. There are a wide variety of activities available, from carrying out a detailed research project or taking on a leadership role to work experience.

What Will I Do?

Year 9, 10 and 11 students will build a portfolio of evidence to show how they have practised and developed the six skills while completing a selection of activities from the CoPE student book. There are a wide variety of activities available, from carrying out a detailed research project or taking on a leadership role, to work experience.

Students are encouraged to become involved in the College community in order to complete their portfolio work. A popular example of ‘Working with Others’ would be organising a table at the College’s increasingly popular Christmas Fayre. Students would be required to provide the following in relation to the event:

  • Plan/Do/Review sheet;
  • Action plan;
  • Minutes from meetings;
  • List of all the jobs that need doing;
  • List of the jobs that individuals have to do;
  • Activity log;
  • Pictures of the event;
  • Other evidence linked to the event, e.g. table plans, costing sheet, hand outs;
  • Additional evidence should be annotated to explain what it shows;
  • Witness statement from peers;
  • Witness statement from staff.

Further activities and examples of work will need to be completed in the other 5 modules over the three year course. 

Students completing the level 2 course will also be required to complete 12 credits of work from a selection of modules, which are tailored to students’ needs. These modules cover: 

  • Communication; 
  • Citizenship and Community;
  • Sport and Leisure;
  • Independent Living;
  • The Environment; 
  • Vocational and Diploma Preparation;
  • Health and Fitness;
  • Work Related Learning and Enterprise;
  • Science and Technology;
  • International Links;
  • Expressive Arts;
  • Beliefs and Values.
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